Cathay adds 3 more partners for SAF programme

Dimerco Express Group, Yusen Logistics and NGO Business Environment Council join Cathay's corporate SAF programme

Cathay adds 3 more partners for SAF programme
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Cargo customers Dimerco Express Group and Yusen Logistics as well as the first non-governmental organisation (NGO) partner Business Environment Council have joined Cathay Pacific to promote the wider adoption of renewable energy by the aviation industry to decarbonise their business travel and cargo shipments.

Following the launch of its corporate sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) programme in 2022, Cathay continues to make important strides on its journey towards becoming a sustainability leader and achieve its goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, says an official release.

"These new partners also join the programme’s launch customers – AIA, Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), Kintetsu World Express (KWE), PwC China, Standard Chartered and Swire Pacific. As leaders in corporate climate action, Cathay’s corporate SAF programme partners are committed to reducing the climate impact from their business travel and airfreight activities through scaling up the use of SAF."

Ronald Lam, Chief Executive Officer, Cathay Group says: “Cathay is undertaking a multi-pronged approach to contribute to the aviation industry’s transition towards a greener future. SAF is an important facet of this approach, and we have received strong support from our corporate and cargo customers since the launch of our corporate SAF programme. We have also established new SAF supply partnerships in the broader Asia region to convey a clear message to the SAF supply chain that there is firm demand from this part of the world.

“We would like to warmly welcome our new partners, and express our gratitude to our original launch customers for their continued support of the programme. We look forward to welcoming other interested companies to sign up to reduce their indirect emissions from flight-related activities, and join our mission to be Greener Together.”

Cathay was among the first airlines in the world to announce a target of 10 percent SAF for its total fuel use by 2030. "Since then, it uplifted SAF at Hong Kong International Airport for the first time in 2022, and successfully conducted its first overseas SAF uplifts on commercial flights at Singapore Changi Airport and Los Angeles International Airport last year."

The SAF Cathay used over the past year was made from used cooking oil and animal fat waste, and was made available by its fuel suppliers, ExxonMobil and Shell, the release added.

Last year, Cathay and State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) signed a memorandum of understanding to drive the development of the SAF supply chain in China.

Compared to conventional jet fuel, SAF can reduce over 80 percent of carbon emissions on a lifecycle basis, depending on the SAF technology and feedstock used.

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